Inaugural Energy Forum to Address Energy Issues Feb. 3-4, 2011

Dec. 20, 2010

Event: Inaugural University of Texas Energy Forum. This student-led event will bring together leading researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, along with industry leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and students to explore today's most pressing energy challenges, from oil exploration to renewable energy and alternative sources, to innovative energy ventures.

When: Thursday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Thursday, Feb. 3, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.
Friday, Feb. 4, Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.

Registration: Open to the public. Registration prices are $100 for professionals; $75 for academics, government, NGOs; $50 for non-UT students; $25 for UT students. For more information and to register, visit University of Texas Energy Forum.

Background: Graduate students from disciplines including business, public policy, engineering, geosciences and law are hosting the first Energy Forum to gather energy professionals, academics and other experts to explore today’s most pressing energy challenges.

"The University of Texas at Austin has a long history of leadership in energy, and we are proud of the effort our students have shown to continue this tradition," said university President William Powers Jr. "We are looking forward to the first UT Energy Forum and the opportunity to showcase our world-renowned research and expertise in a broad range of energy-related fields."

The keynote speakers are Dr. Arun Majumdar, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), and Michael Webber, assistant professor in the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

"The University of Texas at Austin is a leader in cutting-edge energy and cleantech research, and this event highlights the opportunity to bring together business, technology research, engineering and public policy to find solutions to meet today’s energy demands," said Webber, who is also associate director of the Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy and co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at The University of Texas at Austin.

Eight panels during the two-day event will address the following topics:

  • Energy Resources for the Next 20 Years
  • The Utility of the Future
  • Buildings and the Nega-Watt Revolution
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
  • New Developments in Oil and Gas Resources
  • Powering Transportation
  • Bringing Energy Storage to Market Policy
  • Tools to Advance New Energy Technology

The conference agenda and a list of speakers are available at University of Texas Energy Forum.

Sponsors include Apache Energy, Booz&Co., Schlumberger, GE, CLEAResult Consulting, Good Company, Cameron, Waste Management, Vinson and Elkins LLP, Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, Energy Management and Innovation Center, Cockrell School of Engineering, School of Law, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, School of Architecture and Jackson School for Geosciences.

For more information, contact: Cory Leahy, Office of the President, 471-4401;  David Wenger, Red McCombs School of Business, 512-471-3314; Alanna Gino, 202-286-2498.